Tomás and the Library Lady

April 4 – April 28, 2017

Tomás escapes the heat and finds thousands of books! A true story told in both English and Spanish.


Some relationships are so special they have the power to change lives forever. Tomás, the son of migrant workers, spends long, hot days in the fields harvesting crops. But when he meets a kind librarian, she helps him find escape from the heat in the form of thousands of books. Soon his imagination takes off and Tomás discovers a surprising world filled with dinosaurs, tigers, and limitless possibilities. Through the magic of theater and songs, this heartwarming story illustrates the power of imagination, self-respect, and positive encouragement.

A play with both Spanish and English based on the inspiring true story of Mexican-American author and educator, Tomás Rivera.

Tomás & the Library Lady emphasizes empathy and a stronger understanding of our shared values.

Read more about this life-changing relationship in an interview with Director Rebecca Martínez here.


Dates & Times
April 4 – April 28, 2017
Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:45 and 11:45am
(Sign Interpreted Performance: 4/13 at 11:45am)

Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland

Grade Recommendation

Run time
60 minutes with no intermission

Ticket Prices
$7.25 (all seating areas)
Balance Due: 2/10/2017

Click here to download the Resource Guide.


"Tomás & the Library Lady teaches kids about love, bravery, and hope." – Lee Williams, The Oregonian

"Tomás & the Library Lady is charming and witty with catchy songs, laughs, and engaging actors." – PDX Parent

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TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY by Pat Mora. Adapted for the stage by José Cruz González. Used with permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. Copyright © 1997. All Rights Reserved.